Dairy Debate: Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt

They’re side-by-side in the grocery store, staring you down. Something in the back of your mind tells you that the Greek yogurt, albeit more expensive, is somehow healthier. But the regular yogurt comes in an array of scrumptious flavors, each one more appetizing than the next. Which do you choose? What makes them different? Is it worth choosing the seemingly more exotic “Greek” yogurt? Or is regular yogurt just as good? Let’s see who the true dairy victor is when it comes to Greek yogurt vs. regular.

 

Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt: The Process

The difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt concerning how they are made is actually pretty simple- surprisingly simple. Regular yogurt is made by heating and cooling milk, then by adding bacterial cultures. After the cultures are added, the yogurt ferments until the bacteria grows and subsequently produces lactic acid. This acid then gels the milk proteins and, voila! You have plain yogurt. To get Greek yogurt? Strain that mixture extensively in order to remove liquid whey, which makes the yogurt runnier.

 

Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt: The Flavor

Greek yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt because excess liquid whey has been removed. It also has a much tangier flavor, due to the same process. Many recipes that call for mayonnaise, sour cream, or crème fraiche can utilize Greek yogurt as a substitute, since it has a custard-like texture and a much tarter taste than regular yogurt.

 

Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt: The Nutrition

Ultimately, we all really want to be eating the healthier version of the two. So? How do they stack up? It turns out that the Greek yogurt, compared to regular yogurt, has: double the protein, half the sodium, and half the carbohydrates. Don’t grab that container of Chobani too fast, though- Greek yogurt also has triple the saturated fat content.

 

Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt: The Verdict

As with many dietary fads with two opposing sides, there are uses for both. Greek yogurt seems like an excellent pick-me-up for when you need a hit of protein and can withstand the extra fat. Regular yogurt is more of a treat, and perfect for those looking to avoid saturated fats like the plague. Don’t be overly generous with either, and no matter whether you pick Greek yogurt or regular yogurt, you’ll do just fine. Happy munching.